Higher Education Administration


Why a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Higher Education Administration?

The curriculum offer students an opportunity to prepare for leadership positions in a variety of postsecondary institutions.  The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook has projected postsecondary education administrative positions at a 10% growth rate.  This is higher than all occupations and other management positions.  See following link CLICK HERE

Candidates experience a high level of student-faculty engagement opportunities.

Candidates complete a Practicum in the administrative area that best aligns with their long term professional goals.

Candidates learn how to conduct research, develop professional position papers, engage in administrative and legal analysis including preparation of legal briefs, and engage in written and oral development activities demonstrating the ability to make ethical and qualified administrative decisions.

Curriculum/Schedule of Program Completion:

The program is 36 graduate hours, 21 hours of Foundation/Core courses and 15 credit hours in Higher Administration (HEAD) courses.  Candidates may complete the program in a little as 17 months, with summer and extra session enrollment.  Most candidates complete the program over a four semester period. 

Higher Education Administration Curriculum Sheet (PDF)

  • A bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, and,
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework attempted, and,
  • A GRE score of 300.  GRE is waived for candidates with at least a 3.2 cumulative gpa, and,
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • If the student has not earned a 300 on the GRE, the following may be used for admission purposes:  a score of 335 using the GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours times 20, plus the GRE General Test score.

The University offers approximately 90-100 Graduate Assistantships. Early applying candidates will have the opportunity to secure an assistantship.

Assistantships provide a tuition waiver and actual work experience (20 hours per week in administrative positions at all levels of the college and university).   Graduate Assistants receive a monthly stipend.   Candidates are responsible for payment of fees.

The University will quickly process applications for admission.  Candidates must apply on line at     https://www.nicholls.edu/admissions/apply/   A copy of your transcript must be sent to the University.  Nicholls graduates do not need to provide a copy of their transcript.  Candidates must send a copy of their GRE scores to the university.  Candidates may sign-up to take the GRE at www.ETS.org  Test sites are in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  Please make sure to list Nicholls State University to receive your test scores.

Questions or Need for Additional Information:
Contact any of the following faculty advisors or administrative assistant:

Dr. Eugene Dial
Executive Director
Higher Education Concentration
Associate Professor
130 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Building
Phone: 985.448.4021
E-mail: eugene.dial@nicholls.edu



Dr. Leah Peterson

Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator
College of Education
242 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Building



Mrs. Wanda Porche
Administrative Assistant
223 Polk Hall
985-448-4327 or 448-4331


College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Office Location:
220 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Building
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2053
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985-448-4311
Fax: 985-448-4926


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